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Goldstone recants

Israeli leaders can legitimately pop the Champaign cork and drink on the graves of the 1400 Palestinian martyrs who were massacred during the “Cast Lead” attack against the Gaza Strip population from December 2008 to January 2009.

The retired South African judge Richard Goldstone, who, at the request of the UN Council on Human Rights, had directed the commission investigating the events, which had concluded that war crimes, even crimes against humanity had been committed, had, in the end, retracted those conclusions.

As a Jew, and self-declared Zionist, Goldstone had thought that he would be safe from accusations of partiality or worse, anti-Semitism on the part of Israeli leaders when he submitted his report in September 2009.

He was wrong. On the strength of their impunity (because Goldstone’s report was not followed up by the UN or any of the powers which direct that organization, no pressure, much less sanctions, had been applied), Israeli leaders and their allies in the “Jewish communities” around the world launched fatwa after fatwa against Goldstone and banished him from the tribe as a “Jewish traitor.”

The pressure went as far as the inner circle of Goldstone’s family, for example refusing him the right to attend the Bar Mitzvah (religious ceremony marking the passage of a boy to adulthood) of one of his own grandsons.

At the same time, the Israeli propaganda machine had the impudence to accuse Goidstone of having served the South African Apartheid regime during the 1970s and 1980s ; a shameful lie. Goldstone had been one of the rare South African judges to publicly oppose the racist regime. And that during an epoch when Israel had been the number one ally of the White power structure !

So, the menaces and the slanders of Israeli propaganda have been rewarded today. In an article published on Saturday by the US daily Washington Post, Goldstone completely retracted himself and suggested that the report be thrown in the trash.

(To read Goldstone’s piece, in English, click on : <a href="http://www.washingtonpost.com/opini…) In that piece the old judge of lost honor said, in essence, that with “Cast Lead” Israel had only exercised her inalienable right to legitimate self-defense. Certainly Goldstone could not totally ignore the hundreds of civilian men, women and children massacred during the three weeks of horror. It was regrettable, he said, but Israel did not do it intentionally, and, as everyone knows, all wars have their inevitable technical errors and collateral damage. “It’s just bad luck !” In the end, if those responsible must be identified, for Goldstone that leaves only Hamas, accused of blindly firing home made rockets in the direction of Israeli territory, the damage from which was derisory compared to the death and destruction spread by one of the most powerful armies on the planet. In phase with the Israeli agenda and its propaganda in his exercise of the “repentant Jew” (and hailed as such since Saturday by Israeli politicians and Zionist commentators), Goldstone pushes the ignominy to the point of accusing Hamas of another, more recent crime (for which he has neither personal competence nor professional jurisdiction) ; the assassination of 5 members of the same family, including a 3 month old baby, in the Jewish settlement of Itamar in the West Bank. Responsibility for the Itamar slaughter during which the Fogel couple and their three children were stabbed to death in their sleep last month, has never been claimed, and has been denounced as a monstrous crime by all Palestinian parties, including militarized entities, such as the Ezzedine al Quassam Brigades, Al Qods and the Martyrs of Al Agsa. Three weeks after the events, the police inquiry, surrounded by secrecy, did not produce any charges, in spite of the terror (blockades, mass arrests) imposed on the Palestinian population surviving in the neighborhood of the Itamar settlement. Rumors about the interrogation of a Thai family working for the Fogels (Palestinian workers being prohibited form entering the Itama settlement, even as beasts of burden) continue to circulate without being either denied or confirmed on the Israeli side, where, on the contrary, there is talk of ADN tests on dozens of rounded up Palestinians. And for want of having found the real guilty parties, Israel is certainly capable of accusing others, preferably, of course, Palestinians. It would not be the first time that the grand Israeli diplomacy engaged in that type of exploit. When one sees how Israel succeeded in making Salah Hamouri plead guilty, when he had committed no crime, and inflicting 7 years on prison on the young Franco-Palestinian to teach him to renounce all ideas of resistance, one has no worries about the Israeli government’s capacity to find guilty parties… and even to stir up crimes in order to counter any menace of peace. Candidate for redemption, the Inspector Goldstone has, for his part, already found the guilty one. CAPJPO-EuroPalestine”>http://www.washingtonpost.com/opini&#8230;)

In that piece the old judge of lost honor said, in essence, that with “Cast Lead” Israel had only exercised her inalienable right to legitimate self-defense.

Certainly Goldstone could not totally ignore the hundreds of civilian men, women and children massacred during the three weeks of horror. It was regrettable, he said, but Israel did not do it intentionally, and, as everyone knows, all wars have their inevitable technical errors and collateral damage. “It’s just bad luck !”

In the end, if those responsible must be identified, for Goldstone that leaves only Hamas, accused of blindly firing home made rockets in the direction of Israeli territory, the damage from which was derisory compared to the death and destruction spread by one of the most powerful armies on the planet.

In phase with the Israeli agenda and its propaganda in his exercise of the “repentant Jew” (and hailed as such since Saturday by Israeli politicians and Zionist commentators), Goldstone pushes the ignominy to the point of accusing Hamas of another, more recent crime (for which he has neither personal competence nor professional jurisdiction) ; the assassination of 5 members of the same family, including a 3 month old baby, in the Jewish settlement of Itamar in the West Bank.

Responsibility for the Itamar slaughter during which the Fogel couple and their three children were stabbed to death in their sleep last month, has never been claimed, and has been denounced as a monstrous crime by all Palestinian parties, including militarized entities, such as the Ezzedine al Quassam Brigades, Al Qods and the Martyrs of Al Agsa.

Three weeks after the events, the police inquiry, surrounded by secrecy, did not produce any charges, in spite of the terror (blockades, mass arrests) imposed on the Palestinian population surviving in the neighborhood of the Itamar settlement.

Rumors about the interrogation of a Thai family working for the Fogels (Palestinian workers being prohibited form entering the Itama settlement, even as beasts of burden) continue to circulate without being either denied or confirmed on the Israeli side, where, on the contrary, there is talk of ADN tests on dozens of rounded up Palestinians. And for want of having found the real guilty parties, Israel is certainly capable of accusing others, preferably, of course, Palestinians. It would not be the first time that the grand Israeli diplomacy engaged in that type of exploit.

When one sees how Israel succeeded in making Salah Hamouri plead guilty, when he had committed no crime, and inflicting 7 years on prison on the young Franco-Palestinian to teach him to renounce all ideas of resistance, one has no worries about the Israeli government’s capacity to find guilty parties… and even to stir up crimes in order to counter any menace of peace.

Candidate for redemption, the Inspector Goldstone has, for his part, already found the guilty one.

CAPJPO-EuroPalestine

Talk to Jazeera – Judge Richard Goldstone

Rabbinical cowardice

Supporting Goldstone without repudiating Israel, Zionism and Jewish collusion is cowardly

By Debbie Menon

26 April 2010

Debbie Menon welcomes the support of rabbis for Richard Goldstone, who had been excluded from his grandson’s Bar Mitzvah because of his report on Israeli crimes in Gaza, but condemns the rabbis for failing to repudiate Israel, Zionism and world Jewry for what they have done to Palestinians and for the ethnic cleansing which continues to this day.

This is a beautifully written and sympathetic letter addressed to Dr Richard Goldstone, from 25 souls out of a few million, and I am sure Dr Goldstone appreciates their sympathy.

Dear Judge Goldstone,

As rabbis from diverse traditions and locations, we want to extend our warmest mazel tov [congratulations or good luck] to you as an elder in our community upon the Bar Mitzvah [male coming of age] of your grandson. Bar and Bat Mitzvah [i.e. male and female coming of age] is a call to conscience, a call to be responsible for the welfare of others, a call to fulfil the covenant of peace and justice articulated in our tradition.

As rabbis, we note the religious implications of the report you authoured. We are reminded of Shimon Ben Gamliel’s quote, “The world stands on three things: justice, truth and peace as it says ‘Execute the judgment of truth, and justice and peace will be established in your gates’ (Zekharya 8:16).” We affirm the truth of the report that bears your name.

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Goldstone: ‘I would dearly love to attend my grandson’s bar mitzvah’

Wrenching letter from Judge Goldstone to Business Day, a Johannesburg publication, on the dustup over his grandson’s bar mitzvah. (For background on Rabbi Warren Goldstein’s stiffnecked position, to which Goldstone refers, read this):

I read with dismay Chief Rabbi Goldstein’s article in yesterday’s Business Day. I was dismayed that the chief rabbi would so brazenly politicise the occasion of my 13-year-old grandson’s bar mitzvah to engage in further personal attacks on me.

I am prepared to respond fully to those attacks, but not in the run-up to my grandson’s bar mitzvah.

He and his family have been working for close to a year preparing for the once-in-a-lifetime rite of passage into the Jewish community. Of all people, the chief rabbi should be aware of the importance of this. Yet, for whatever reasons, Chief Rabbi Goldstein would rather focus on me.

I was further dismayed when I read his article because his rhetoric about “open synagogues” simply does not coincide with how my family and I have been treated. The chief rabbi has been well aware of the situation, and instead of using his position of leadership in the South African Jewish community to promote the “open synagogues” principle that he purports to profess, he would rather write articles and threaten others with lawsuits. I must state that at no time whatsoever has the chief rabbi reached out to my family. Acting on information that we received from the synagogue, and the recent threat by the leader of the South African Zionist Federation of demonstrations if I attend the synagogue service, it was decided that it would be better if I did not attend the bar mitzvah. We have taken that decision in the best interests of my grandson and my family.

My only concern at the present time is that my grandson’s bar mitzvah should be the joyous occasion that he deserves it to be. I would dearly love to attend my grandson’s bar mitzvah. The questionable and unfortunate approach of the chief rabbi, in all the circumstances, makes it less, and not more, possible for me to do so.

Judge Richard Goldstone
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Bill Moyers talks with Justice Richard Goldstone

October 23, 2009

Bill Moyers talks with Justice Richard Goldstone, who headed up the controversial UN Human Rights Council investigation into fighting in Gaza between Israel and Hamas.

http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/10232009/profile.html

VIDEO Part I: http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/10232009/watch.html

VIDEO Part II: http://www.pbs.org/moyers/journal/10232009/watch2.html
…and if international law fails, then what?,
Sam

Goldstone : my mission- and motivation

I sincerely believed that because of my own record and the terms of the mission’s mandate we would receive the cooperation of the Israeli government.
Its refusal to cooperate was a grave error. My plea for cooperation was repeated before and during the investigation and it sits, plain as day, in the appendices of the Gaza report for those who actually bother to read it.

Our mission obviously could only consider and report on what it saw, heard and read. If the government of Israel failed to bring facts and analyses to our attention, we cannot fairly be blamed for the consequences.

Those who feel that our report failed to give adequate attention to specific incidents or issues should be asking the Israeli government why it failed to argue its cause.

OF COURSE the children of Sderot and the children of Gaza have the same rights to protection under international law and that is why, notwithstanding the decision of the government of Israel, we took whatever steps were open to us to obtain information from victims and experts in southern Israel about the effects on their lives of sustained rocket and mortar attacks over a period of years.

It was on the strength of those investigations that we held those attacks to constitute serious war crimes and possibly crimes against humanity.

Israel and its courts have always recognized that they are bound by norms of international law that it has formally ratified or that have become binding as customary international law upon all nations.
The fact that the United Nations and too many members of the international community have unfairly singled out Israel for condemnation and failed to investigate horrible human rights violations in other countries cannot make Israel immune from the very standards it has accepted as binding upon it.

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Goldstone poster

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Richard Falk on Palestine and Goldstone report – 07 Oct 09

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